Oral fluid testing provides some important benefits over alternative testing methods:
- Specimen collection is observed, which significantly reduces the possibility of adulteration or substitution
- Non-invasive, simple collection process where donors are not required to visit a collection site
- Early detection of recent use
This testing method finds its niche in a setting where recent drug use is in question. Oral fluid is an excellent testing methold for both pre-employment and random testing. Oral-fluid tests will detect the following classes of drugs: marijuana, amphetamines (including ecstasy), cocaine and metabolites, opiates and phencyclidine (PCP).
Quest Diagnostics turnaround time is the best in the industry. Negative results are reported within 24 hours of specimen receipt and positive results are confirmed within 48-72 hours.
Because of the simple collection process, most customers choose to perform the oral fluid drug test collection themselves. This self-collection eliminates the collection costs that would be associated with a urine test. Also, since most oral-fluid tests are performed as part of the hiring process, the possibility of a donor stalling or otherwise adulterating their specimen is reduced.
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